An object is much more than just a material thing. It embodies origin, significance and impact. Many concrete structures built in the 1960s that appear massive and cold to us today were regarded very differently at the time of their construction. Displaying raw, undisguised material was a conscious statement – a reflection of progress. Such seemingly ugly architecture from a recent past is a fertile source of research for the humanities and the social sciences, as are objects in museums and university collections, not to mention everyday objects. We, as the DLR Project Management Agency, are aware of this and have helped develop and curate the Language of Objects programme to realise this potential. The funding line encourages the re-evaluation of aesthetics and cultural design and the analysis of the logic of social functions.
To tap the potential of the world of objects surrounding us, humanities researchers and social scientists collaborate with the technical and natural sciences and also involve partners from practice in their work, such as schools and IT companies. The aim of this funding programme is to reinforce cooperation between universities and museums, to connect them, and to present their research in a publically friendly way – a task for which we as the DLR Project Management Agency are ideally suited. We have good contact with various domestic and international partners and offer broad humanities and social sciences expertise with a sound knowledge of public relations.